Friday, May 4, Joslyn Billings and Lindsey Bonin competed at the UIL State Academic Meet in News Writing. When final results were in, Joslyn placed 3rd overall, and Lindsey Bonin placed 5th overall. Together, they placed 4th as a journalism team for the 4A conference. They represented Godley High School well and made school history with their results. Their hard work paid off! Congratulations, ladies, and go Wildcats!
Four years ago, Mrs. Moulden, UIL Journalism sponsor, persuaded Lindsey and Joslyn as ninth graders to write for UIL Journalism. They attended Journalism camp during the summer and worked with expert judges to improve their craft. That school year they worked with determination to be better news writers. At district competition the next year, the journalism team had regional bids--plural! From there, the team has grown in numbers and skill, studying excellent, winning articles, and encouraging and competing with one another. This year, Mrs. Moulden voiced a goal to take one student to regionals in each event (News, Feature, Editorial, and Headline). The team placed in the top three in all four events at district, meeting the goal.
In fact, at practice meets this season, the team went up against 5 and 6 A schools with class periods for journalism and programs for newspaper and yearbook (and advisers who have been professionally trained). Individuals from the team placed in the top six consistently at these meets. This year’s team won the district championship plaque for journalism.
Four students (Joslyn Billings, Lindsey Bonin, Garrett Fender, and Laila Salmans) represented our school and district at regionals. Joslyn placed 2nd in News Writing and 6th in Headline writing at the Regional meet, qualifying her for the State Meet. This is Joslyn’s third year in a row to qualify for state competition, and each year she has qualified for a different event (Headline Writing, Editorial Writing, News Writing). Lindsey placed 4th in News Writing (alternate to state) and was able to compete at the State Meet due to a regional competitor having to miss the competition.
Journalism competitions are subjective, and every participant has an equal shot at winning, no matter their placement going in to the event. It comes down to what each student can produce in a forty-five minute period after considering lots and lots and lots of rules of newspaper journalism. These tasks are not easy. These students have been successful as a result of hard work.
State competition includes the top three places from each region, meaning that Joslyn and Lindsey were 2 of 12 students vying for a state medal.